JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Mixed Media Painting | Blossoms of Light   Kindness intoxicates, its aroma smelling of unconditional love while its beauty rivals the most verdant of blossoming flowers. May we choose today to be intentional in our thoughts and actions as we live out lives of kindness.

Mixed Media Painting | Refiner’s Fire Recently, I lay awake in bed, convicted of a thought which would not release me to sleep. In the darkness of my bedroom, I slipped on a pair of headphones and began to listen to the song, Join with the Angels, by Planet Shakers. As the music played, I embraced the thought, and it embraced me. These words etched into my heart and inspired the painting, which… Read More

Fine Art Photography | Peace Lingers Peace lingers in the valley Which was once filled with fear. Your oasis of beauty Holds my heart dear. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)  

Mixed Media | 3 Minute Sketch Imaginative friends are a wonderful treat! Today I indulged my creative side by spending time with my great friend, Debi. We discussed book writing, story development, and practiced drawing people. What a blast! This particular sketch took me less than 3 minutes to craft. I love its loose lines and whimsy. Supplies Used: Sketch Paper, Elegant Writer, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Overlays (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Character Design Fancy Franny has pizzazz. She dresses to the nines, wears her hair in elaborate styles, and lives the high life. Over the last month, I completed an on-line course by Danielle Donaldson called Creative Girls. Since then, I’ve worked to develop my own characters using the techniques I’ve learned (creative practicing). I enjoy hiding heart shapes in my designs (hair, mouth, head shape, etc), a small tribute to my original… Read More

Last night, I became God’s greatest cheerleader. I know that sounds cheesy, but if you’d been watching me in my backyard, you’d understand the statement, and probably have a good laugh at my expense. Clouds hung heavy in the sky. snuffing out the stars and moon in a blanket of greyness.  Two of my children bounced on our trampoline, their eyes glued to the East as if their attention would convince the moon to show. Another one of my children… Read More

Watercolor #22: Watercolor Matryoshka Doll   The beauty of the Lord is like a Matryoshka doll. At first glance it is stunning, but a closer look reveals a magnificent mult-layered gift, full of even greater splendor. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

This is the good news… Christ died once and for ALL because of his great love. “It is finished!” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

Faerie and pixie, Both wearing green, Frolic beside, A blue-flowing stream. Both tiny and large Sprinkling star-dust with glee Proving size doesn’t matter. Where there’s inner beauty. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Have you given the mirror power to determine your self-worth? Who or what is your mirror? Who or what holds the measuring stick that determines your self-worth? Is it a person? Or do you measure your worth based on your wealth, beauty, fame, body image, prestige, influence, service, works, success, friends, family, or accolades? Fear hides authenticity.  It creates a very convincing lie which says we must appear or… Read More